Cubitt holds a specific position in London’s visual art landscape as one of the longest running, innovative and well respected artist-run spaces in the UK. Cubitt is an international centre for the development of artistic, curatorial and educational programmes and consists of a public gallery, a large-scale education programme and 32 artist studios.

Cubitt Gallery is renowned internationally for hosting a long established and successful Curatorial Bursary programme, the only one of its kind in the UK, and one of few in the world. Cubitt’s 18-month curatorial bursary was established in 2001 and has been funded by Outset Contemporary Art Fund since 2009. Its aim is to support emerging curators and offer a platform for developing their curatorial practice. The bursary gives a young curator the unique opportunity to develop a programme of exhibitions and events across a fixed period of 18 months.

It is a pioneering curatorial model that is recognised as a crucial opportunity for curators internationally and highlighted as one of the major platforms for curatorial development in Europe. The Curatorial Bursary is an essential part of Cubitt’s operations and is vital to the ecology of curatorial development in Europe having launched the careers of some of the most significant curators across London and Europe, many of whom are now directing some of the most compelling and influential exhibition spaces internationally.

For the 10th anniversary (2015–16), the Curatorial Bursary is renamed Cubitt Curatorial Fellowship, to reflect important new developments for the Fellow, including salary gain and the chance to contribute to Cubitt’s long term development. This also coincides with a new growth phase for the institution  – with a recent increase in public funding as well as continuous support from Outset since 2009 – constituting a more accessible and substantial opportunity within the sector.

Previous bursary holders include:

– Morgan Quaintance (2015–16)

– Fatima Hellberg, (Jan 2014 – June 2015), Artistic Director, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart

– Jamie Stevens (Jun 2012 – Dec 2013), Curator and Head of Programs, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

–Fiona Parry (Dec 2010 – May 2012), Programme Curator, Turner Contemporary, Margate

–Michelle Cotton (Apr 2009 – Nov 2010), Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

–Bart van der Heide (Oct 2007 – Mar 2009)- Tom Morton (Apr 2006 – Aug 2007), Chief Curator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

–Tom Morton (Apr 2006 – Aug 2007), Freelance curator and writer, co-curator The British Art Show 7

–David Bussel (Sept 2004 – Feb 2006), Freelance curator and writer

– Emily Pethick (Mar 2003 – Aug 2004), Director, The Showroom, London

– Polly Staple (Jul 2001 – Jan 2003), Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London

Thanks to Outset's ongoing support and innovative philanthropic vision, Cubitt has been able to run its Curatorial Fellowship as a unique opportunity that allows greater artistic and research freedom at times when this cannot necessarily be taken for granted. It is wonderful to feel part of the Outset family and we are excited about continuing to nurture and challenge the discourse on independent artistic practice together.

Fabio Altamura, Gallery Projects and Development Manager, CUBITT